Out Now: the new Methodist Heritage Handbook

The FREE Methodist Heritage Handbook provides background stories and location information for over 100 Methodist heritage sites of historic importance, in a handy 80-page A5 handbook format.

You can order a copy FREE by emailing orders@norwichbooksandmusic.co.uk or calling 0845 017 8220. http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/


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Cumbria tourists and pilgrims 

Cumbria is a unique part of the world, housing two UNESCO World Heritage sites; two National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it welcomes millions of tourists. 

Our church buildings provide an amazing glimpse into our history and there is growing interest by visitors for their architecture, art and musical heritage, as well as their spiritual presence.

Do you have a church trail you wish to promote?

Or if your church is open and you want to be included on the ExploreChurches website please contact The Churches Trust for Cumbria

If you would like to explore ways in which you can engage visitors spiritually, contact Mike Talbot

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News and Information

Grant fund for communities off the gas grid
Calor has opened its Rural Community Fund offering grants of up to £5,000 for projects to improve local life.

Eden Arts Remote rural cinema
REMOTE Cinema is about bringing the community together through cinema events and by event we mean watching great films together and creating fun, social events that could include dressing up, food, music, games and other activities, perhaps inspired by the film’s themes.
I think this would be wonderful to have in a church! A great way to bring the community together or as a fund raiser? Please get in touch with me if you are interested.

Eden Funding Event
Thursday 26 April 2018
10am – 3pm
Cumbria LEP Conference and Business Centre, Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DT
Speak directly to funders; access essential funding information, advice and support; network with other local organisations.

Funders include Cumbria County Council, Eden District Council, Arts Council, CWMET, Cumbria Community Foundation, the Hadfield Trust, Francis C Scott Trust, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Charity Bank, BBC Children in Need, Tesco Bags of Help and the Police and Crime Commissioners Fund.

This event is aimed at local voluntary and community groups, especially those new to the funding arena in Eden.

Please book to attend one of these two sessions:

10am – 12 noon* Registration open from 9.45am. Tea and coffee available upon arrival
1pm – 3pm* Registration open from 12.45pm. Tea and coffee available upon arrival

*You do not need to attend for the full session, but it is advised for you to allow at least one hour to make best use of your time and speak to all relevant funders.

Book your FREE* place today:
Download flier and further information about the funders attending (Marketplace List) and a booking form from our website: http://cumbriacvs.org.uk/training-and-events

Complete and return the form to Cumbria CVS info@cumbriacvs.org.uk

*This event is FREE for local voluntary and community organisations however:

All places must be booked in advance. Bookings on the day will incur a £10 booking fee
Small local voluntary and community organisations and/or those new groups in the Barrow area will get priority booking, along with CVS members
A £10/person cancellation fee will apply for non-attendance or places not cancelled at least 5 days in advance for all organisations

Cumbria CVS
Shaddongate Resource Centre, Shaddongate, Carlisle CA2 5TY (Registered Office)
Office: 01768 800350

The Old House Show

Please see below for the SPAB 2-day Show in September this year. There will be lots of stands, talks, demonstrations and some chance for some hands-on, so well worth a visit.

The Old House Show will have a full programme of talks, building crafts demonstrations and exhibitors with a conservation focus.

Introducing The Old House Show

The SPAB is delighted to announce the launch of its Old House Show, in partnership with Period Living, taking place at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich this autumn.

The Old House Show, 7-8 September, is a must-attend event for those interested in the art and craft of building care – and it’s absolutely free!

Programme of events

A full programme of demonstrations of traditional crafts, talks by SPAB experts and other invited guests, an array of exhibitors and hands-on activities will fill the two-day event. With professionals on hand to provide free, clear, unbiased advice about what is best for your building, there will also be representatives from the very best in building conservation. More information on our website.

Exhibit at The Old House Show

The Old House Show brings together some of the finest professionals and craftspeople involved with old buildings. We’re expecting 2000 informed and interested visitors to join us at Greenwich in September, making the SPAB Old House Show an unmissable showcase for your skill, product and company. If you’d like to find out more about exhibiting please contact Geoff Connelly on 01462 896688 or email

Register NOW for tickets

Register for tickets for the chance to win one of the following prizes. First prize: a free place on one of our popular courses in 2019. Winners will have a choice of either a homeowner study day or a course for conservation professionals. Second prize: 5x two tickets for a scaffold tour of the conservation project at the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College on either 7 or 8 September.

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Church Conservation Grants

Church Conservation Grants

The William & Jane Morris Fund award grants to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the UK for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs. This includes stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs and wall paintings. The decorative feature, monument, etc must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris’s death). The deadline for applications is 31 March 2018. Details here.

Calor launches £50k rural grant scheme

Off-grid energy supplier Calor has announced a fund for 21 individual prize pots to support rural communities throughout the UK. Launched in 2017, past submissions included funding for community centres, village halls and sporting venues, as well as the installation of fibre broadband into an off-grid village. Applications open on 20 March however those wishing to register their interest can do so here.

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St John’s Church, Workington

Tuesday 13th March at 2.00pm, 

Open Meeting of West Coast Church Maintenance Co-op – A look back at St John’s South Roof Re-slating Project.

The church was awarded a grant from the LPOW Roof Repair Fund in 2016. Come and discover how re-slating a simple roof turned out to be more complicated than expected and hear tips and advice from the project.

Refreshments will be served. Please come and join us.

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This is a new service from the National Churches Trust (link) which makes it easier for churches, chapels and historic buildings to book maintenance services using professional and experienced contractors. The scheme is being rolled out nationwide in April. Janet Edmund the Maintenance Manager for the NCT will be giving a presentation of the scheme on Wednesday 21st March, 11am – 1pm in Penrith. Venue TBA depending on numbers. Please let me know if you wish to attend.

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Roof Alarms

Lead theft – Sadly attempts have been made to steal new lead from a church roof in the north east of the Diocese, causing damage to the building. Roof alarm systems can be fitted and there are several benefits to doing so (link).

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The future for Church buildings?

The Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals (link)

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Ecclesiastical Insurance

To celebrate their 130th anniversary they are offering to donate £130 to your church when a new home insurance policy is taken out. (Link)

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Heritage Lottery Fund Consultation

Heritage Lottery Fund – are making changes to their grant making (link). They are currently consulting on how National Lottery money will be spent between 2019 – 2024. Your views are key to keeping church buildings a priority (link).

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